The Los Angeles Lakers lost the game to the Sacramento Kings and the NBA world blame Russell Westbrook for the loss. The one-time NBA MVP finished the game with 21 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, and five turnovers. Russ shot 6-of-17 from the field, 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. His stats are decent, but NBA analysts aren’t really happy about Westbrook’s turnovers.
James Worthy and Robert Horry criticized the Lakers veteran for his performance, and yes, the “Rock-A-Baby” celebration.
Westbrook led the league in turnovers last season. He made headlines for the wrong reason. It seems like history repeats itself.
Head coach Darvin Ham didn’t blame Russell Westbrook for the loss
Westbrook made some mistakes and Anthony Davis took a shot at him after the game. However, Ham stood by his veteran. According to him, keeping Russ on the floor was a good decision. Benching him was never an option. Well, Ham likes Westbrook and respects his experience.
“I thought there were some unfortunate plays that he would normally make,” Ham said. “But if I had to do it all over again, I would put him in the same situations. I thought he was huge for us tonight. Provided a huge boost at the 3-point line. Overall, with his point total. And there were times he pushed the pace. There were times he really put pressure on the paint. Found some guys for easy looks. But it’s tough. I’ve got certain things that stick out in my mind, but without going over the film, I can’t really get into detail. But I will say this, again, if I had to do it all over again, he’d be in the game, for sure — and in those situations.”
Ham supports Westbrook from the very beginning. He has never said a bad word for him even when critics trash his performance. Westbrook has received serious backlash in the last two seasons. The Lakers were advised to trade him at the deadline, but they kept him around hoping to get a better performance this year.